Which of the following quotes demonstrates the heroic trait of strength?


a. “But suddenly he too stumbled forward with a cry of bitter pain, and his stroke went wide, driving into the ground.”

b. “Then tottering, struggling up, with her last strength she drove her sword between crown and mantle, as the great shoulders bowed before her. The sword broke sparkling into many shards.”

c. “He reached out / To touch the wounded shoulder of his friend.”

d. “But the white fury of the Northmen burned the hotter, and more skilled was their knighthood with long skills and bitter.”

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Which of the following quotes shows a moment where the hero overcomes their weakness?


a. “Humbaba fell and seemed / To crack the ground itself in two, and Gilgamesh / As if this fall had snapped him from his daze / Returned to life/And stood over Humbaba with his ax.”

b. “Then he was filled with a red wrath and shouted aloud…”

c. “The face of their enemy was not turned towards him, but still he hardly dared to move, dreading lest the deadly eyes should fall on him.”

d. “Enkidu feared his friend was weakening / And called out: Gilgamesh! Don’t trust him!”

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Which of the following quotes shows a moment of weakness or hesitation in the hero?


a. “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless!”

b. “And late that night he reached again/To see if he was yet asleep, but there was only quiet breathing.”

c. “As if there were some hunger in himself / That Gilgamesh was feeling / That turned him momentarily to yearn / For someone who would serve, he paused…”

d. ”He opened his eyes and the blackness lifted from them.”

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Which of the following quotes develops the heroic trait of empathy?


a. “Monstrous in his contortion, he aroused the two almost to pity. But pity was the thing that might have killed. It made them pause just long enough to show how pitiless he was to them.”

b. “Pity filled his heart and great wonder, and suddenly the slow kindled courage of his race awoke. He clenched his hand. She should not die, so fair, so desperate! At least she should not die alone, unaided.”

c. “King’s Man! King’s Man!” his heart cried within him. “You must stay by him. As a father you shall be to me, you said.” But his will made no answer, and his body shook. He dared not open his eyes or look up.”

d.“To me! To me!” cried Theoden. “Up, Eorlingas! Fear no darkness!” But Snowman wild with terror stood up on high, fighting with the air, and then with a great scream he crashed upon his side: a black dart had pierced him.”

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Identify the characters who fill the role of heroes’ friends or “sidekicks.”


a. Beowulf and Merry

b. Enkidu and Merry

c. Dernhelm

d. Enkidu and Gilgamesh

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Which monsters get beheaded?


a. Enkidu and Grendel

b. Fellbeast and Humbaba.

c. Grendel and the Black Rider

d. Nazgul Lord and Black Rider

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Which heroes engage in boasting or banter before the battle?


a. Only Beowulf

b. Only Gilgamesh

c. Enkidu and Merry

d. Eowyn and Beowulf

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